Day four of our trip to Morocco with Journey Beyond Travel and Mario takes the reins learning about Moroccan food.
Read on for the Marrakech food tour.
Day four of our travels to Morocco with Journey Beyond Travel saw us drive from Fez into Marrakech. I slept for most of the day, as I was not well. Missed the last diary entry? Click through to find out what happened here. The plan for day four was a simple one- try authentic food on the Marrakech food tour. Feeling hungry?
MARRAKECH FOOD TOUR
As I was too under the weather to venture out on our food tour, I tucked up in our beautiful Riad after we arrived. My partner, Mario headed out into the Medina to meet with the guide, Amanda. The tour took the group across the bustling city as it dipped into night. Wandering the souqs, the unique tour offered a progressive meal and opportunity to experience some of the authentic Marrakech dishes.
The guide, US born Amanda, described her first impressions of Moroccan food as underwhelming. Upon returning to Marrakech, she discovered the difference between the tourist food and the food that the Moroccan families ate. When creating her tours, Amanda wanted to expose travellers to the authentic dishes often missed by travellers.
SO MUCH FLAVOUR AND PASSION
Mario made his way slowly through the meals (returning seriously full). Of these, the Marrakech food highlights included slow cooked lamb, couscous, street food sandwiches made of either spleen or grilled sardines and traditional pastries. Of course, I insisted he take me to experience the pastries another day! Can you blame me?
KEY MARRAKECH DISHES
Known as the Bachelors lunch, the tangia (not to be confused with a tajine!) is one dish that Marrakech is known for. Meat is put into earthen-wear pots, covered in parchment, then slow cooked in the public ovens (fernachi). These pots then cook overnight to be collected for lunch. This traditional dish is served just made of the meat- no veggies! Of course, this dish has since become popular in restaurants, but served its purpose to feed often unmarried working men.
Rather than using salt and pepper, they use salt and cumin to season, which is better for your stomach.
Moroccan BBQ Lamb
The hole in the floor pictured below is like a Moroccan BBQ. The entire lamb is placed into the hole to slowly cook. You wouldn’t want to miss your step!!
The couscous had been a discovery after a long search. Amanda had gone into a place which looked all but closed, where they were greeted by an elderly woman who invited them to sit down. They soon discovered that the woman’s father had been a chef for the Royal Family and she used the same recipe. I really wish I had tried this one! I make couscous salads a lot but I know these would be very different. How could it not be anything but delicous?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Mario returned to our Riad both full and confident to explore the souks ourselves. Amanda had described to him her experiences in moving to Marrakech and the differences in way of life from her home in the US. She found that living together with the entire family was something that she got used to, but that felt quite different at first. This priority for family life was something I had learned about from our other guides. It gave me a lot to think about.
Have you ever been to Marrakech? What did you eat? Since I missed a lot of the foods, I would love to hear your experiences! Please leave me a comment below to tell me your favourite dish. Have you ever tried cooking Moroccan food yourselves? Got any good recipes to share? What do you add to couscous salads? Send me some of your tips!
Since I mostly drank mint tea and ate plain rice in the days following, I feel like I could go again and try everything fresh! But that mint tea was perfect! Sweet and refreshing. We didn’t shop for anything on the trip but a tea set would be a beautiful souvenir. If you have been, I would also love to know what you bought? Any souvenirs?
READY TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CREATING YOUR OWN TOUR OF MOROCCO WITH JOURNEY BEYOND TRAVEL? SEND THROUGH YOUR QUESTIONS AND TICK THAT MOROCCAN ADVENTURE OFF OF YOUR BUCKET LIST! https://www.journeybeyondtravel.com/
KEEN TO TRY THE AUTHENTIC FOOD OF MOROCCO? BOOK INTO A MARRAKECH FOOD TOUR WITH AMANDA HERE : http://marrakechfoodtours.com/
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MARIO RECCHIA
If you missed any of our Morocco travel diaries, find them below:
Diary Entry Day One: Chefchaouen
Morocco Diary Day Two: Volubilis
Morocco Travel Diary Day Three: Fez